Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quotes

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Nothing is so at odds with prayer as vanity.


Death is the supreme festival on the road to freedom.


Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.

action responsibility

Strict exercise of self-control is an essential feature of the Christian's life.


The not just to bandage the victims under the wheel, but to put a spoke in the wheel itself.


Man has learned to cope with all questions of importance without recourse to God as a working hypothesis.


By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.


In normal life one is often not at all aware that we always receive infinitely more than we give, and that gratitude is what enriches life.

Giving gratitude

Possessions delude the human heart into believing that they provide security and a worry-free existence, but in truth they are the very cause of worry.


Music...will help to dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibility, and in times of care and sorrow will keep a ground-bass of joy alive in you.


The essence of optimism is not its view of the present, but the fact that it is the inspiration of life and hope when others give in; it enables a man to hold his head high when everything seems to be going wrong; it gives him strength to sustain reverses and yet to claim the future for himself instead of abandoning it to his opponent.